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Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany

Experiencing a true German Christmas market in Munich, Bavaria for the first time was a dream come true for me back in December 2018.

When my dad was in college, he traveled to Central Europe and I always remember how he described Germany to me. Between fairytale towns, enchanting castles, beautiful nature as well as great food and beer, there is so much to love within Bavaria, Germany!

The streets of Munich, Germany

During summer 2018, I also had the opportunity to visit Alsace, France where I got lost in the small provincial towns near the German border.

Because there was a lot of German influence in Alsace that I fell in love with, I knew I had to make it over the border at some point.

A Bavarian town in Germany

After seeing gorgeous photos of Southern Germany and the beautiful Alps, I immediately arranged plans to get to Bavaria for the holiday season.

My German Christmas market trip to Munich was my first time in the country and it was the very first Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market in German) I ever experienced.

Not only do I adore the fairytale feeling of being in Europe, I also LOVE Christmastime, so you could imagine how excited I was to embark on a Christmas market tour.

A woman drinking gluhwein at the German Christmas markets in Munich

My 2018 European Christmas adventures started in Munich, Germany. From there, I explored Neuschwanstein Castle in rural Bavaria. After spending a few days in Germany, I took a train to Salzburg and Hallstatt in the Austrian Alps.

I then took a five hour train ride to Budapest, Hungary. From the magical city of Budapest, I spent a day in Bratislava, Slovakia and ended in Vienna, Austria.

In this blog post, discover the best and most authentic German Christmas markets in Munich.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. Hotel Laimer Hof also hosted me for one night.


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The German Christmas Markets in Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Where to Stay in Munich:

Not only did the beautiful city of Munich, the magical Christmas markets and the enchanting Neuschwanstein Castle make me feel like I was living a real life fairytale, so did the hotel I stayed in!

Hotel Laimer Hof in Munich, Germany

Even though I explored the German Christmas markets my first day and did a private tour of Neuschwanstein Castle the second day, I spent both nights in Munich.

During my time in Munich, I stayed at Hotel Laimer Hof, located near Schloss Nymphenburg.

Not only is Hotel Laimer Hof one of the best boutique hotels in Munich, according to Culture Trip and other sources, it is absolutely gorgeous and looks like it is straight out of a storybook!

Hotel Laimer Hof is a family-run boutique hotel that is situated in one of the finest areas of the city.

A German breakfast at Hotel Laimer Hof in Munich

When I first arrived in Munich, I was greeted with an amazing German breakfast and some cozy lattes. The staff at Hotel Laimer Hof also provided me with some wonderful adventure ideas to ensure my stay in the Bavarian region was one to remember!

Traveling around Munich, Bavaria:

The German Christmas markets at Marienplatz in Munich

I will admit that traveling to Munich, Germany around the holidays is pretty pricey. Even though I try my hardest to not book a flight with a layover when I travel to Europe, I had no choice if I wanted to get the best for my buck.

Since I was arriving in Munich and leaving from Vienna, I had to book one-way flights to and from Europe. Thankfully, I was able to get great deals using Skyscanner!

A gluhwein stand at the German Christmas markets in Munich

From Newark Airport to Munich International Airport with a short layover in Lisbon, I was able to grab a one-way flight for less than $200 without taxes!

On my way home, I got a flight out of Vienna International Airport to Newark with a short layover in Düsseldorf, Germany for less than $300 with taxes included.

So to sum it up, I was pretty content with the prices I paid for my flights to the 2018 Christmas markets in regards to the time of year. (Make sure to also check out Expedia for great deals too!)

A beautiful church in Munich, Bavaria, Germany

During my time in Munich, I traveled around via the MVV Munich tramway. The staff at Hotel Laimer Hof definitely helped me navigate the tram during my first day because I was a little confused in the beginning.

Thankfully, the tram was pretty easy to figure out after my first trip! One major piece of advice to help save money when you travel is by figuring out your prospective city’s public transit system since using taxis, Uber and Lyft could be costly and add up!

Most cities are pretty easy to navigate and there will always be people willing to help you out.

When I was ready to leave Munich to head to my next destination, I took the tramway to the Munich Hauptbahnhof, which is the major train station.

From Munich, you could take day trips to other cities in Bavaria or easily travel to other countries in Europe. I got all of my train tickets in advance at a super affordable price via Omio.

German Christmas Markets in Munich:

Rathaus in Marienplatz in Munich, Germany

Advent season in Europe are the days between late November leading up to Christmas Day.

If you are planning to visit the European Christmas markets, it is highly recommended that you travel between that time period. One thing to note is that Germany’s “holiday” season ends the day after Christmas Day, whereas here in the United States, it ends the day after New Year’s Day.

Unfortunately, if you are waiting for Christmas break of the school year to travel to the German Christmas markets in Munich and beyond, you will be out of luck.

A wooden stall with trinkets at the German Christmas markets in Munich

Also known as München in German, Munich’s Christmas market in Marienplatz is one of the oldest in the world and definitely one of the most beautiful!

In Munich, you will find classic wooden stands that hold eye-catching ornaments, handmade trinkets, Christmas village houses, jewelry and so much more!

A Santa Claus gingerbread cookie from the German Christmas markets in Munich

Not only could you find the perfect Christmas decor for your home, you could also savor unlimited glühwein, which is a hot spiced wine, as well as other German food staples such as sausage, pretzels, gingerbread cookies, strudel, chocolates and so much more!

Munich’s Marienplatz German Christmas Market:

A woman drinking gluhwein at the German Christmas markets in Munich

Munich’s main Christkindlmarkt can be found in the main square of the city called Marienplatz.

Since this market is located in the heart of the city, it is definitely the most crowded compared to others. I honestly had no idea that Munich’s German Christmas market would be that crowded, but I also had to consider the fact that I visited it on a Saturday as well.

Because I was solo during my time in Munich, I had a difficult time trying to get some photos of myself and it was too crowded to set up my tripod, so I asked some friendly and reliable locals who also had professional cameras to take some shots and they did a great job!

(Don’t ever be afraid to ask people for help with something. Just ensure to use your best judgement on who you ask.)

One of my favorite parts of this market was the spectacular view of Neues Rathaus. This timeless town hall hosts the city government, including the council, offices of the mayors and even administration. It definitely makes for the perfect backdrop to this market and the gorgeous Christmas tree is an epic addition.

Residenz Christmas Village (Weihnachtsdorf im Kaiserhof der Residenz):

The German Christmas markets at Residenz in Munich

As the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria, the Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany and offers unique architecture to admire.

Located in one of the courtyards of Residenz is a Christmas village with a wonderful selection of different vendors.

What I really loved about this mini German Christmas market in Munich is that there was a live choir performing to add to all the magic.

Residenz palace in Munich, Germany

What is cool is that you could also walk through Residenz palace! Since I was limited on time, I unfortunately didn’t have the opportunity to do this, but I highly recommend you do so if you are spending a few days in Munich.

Rindermarkt:

Stars hanging from the trees in the evening in Munich, Germany

Situated right off of Munich’s Marienplatz is a lovely walkway with some beautiful German Christmas markets along with festive decorations. This area is called Rindermarkt and some of my favorite decorations here were the stars hanging from the trees along with all of the stringed lights!

German Christmas Markets in Old Town Munich:

A German Christmas stall with gingerbread cookies at the Munich markets

Throughout the Old Town of Munich, there are so many wooden stands where you could grab some German Christmas goodies.

There are also plenty of places where you could gather around with friends and enjoy glühwein and authentic German beer.

In addition, you cannot miss out on visiting one of Munich’s biergartens! One of the best places to experience Munich’s beer scene is at Hofbräuhaus, which is the largest biergarten in the world. In fact, it is at Hofbräuhaus where the famous Oktoberfest event takes place in late September into early October every year. (Click here for my blog post on how to have the best time at Oktoberfest.)

During the Advent season, all of the biergartens are festively decorated!

Munich, Germany in the evening

In addition to having fun, the Bavarian architecture in Munich is definitely something to admire!

Theatine Church in Munich, Germany

Even though there are many parts of the city that are modern due to the aftermath of World War II, there are still so many wonderful Baroque Catholic churches and historical buildings to see. I loved the Theatine Church in the city the most!

Where to Eat in Munich, Germany:

A bratwurst sandwich from the German Christmas markets in Munich

Typical German food mainly consist of sausage, schnitzel, spätzle, dumplings, roasted meats and vegetables.

In regards to drinks, beer is the number one choice in Bavaria. Germans also appreciate a good glass of wine as well!

A spatzle dinner at an authentic German restaurant in Munich, Germany

During my time in Munich, I savored authentic German food at Hotel Laimer Hof. They also recommended an authentic local restaurant in walking distance to the hotel called Wirtshaus Kurgarten. At this authentic German restaurant, I enjoyed a delicious spätzle dish with fried onions and a light gravy. It was absolutely delicious!

A woman drinking gluhwein at the German Christmas markets in Munich

In addition, some other great food recommendations in Munich are Steinheil 16, Pepe Nero, L’Osteria, Dallmayr Delicatessen, Ratskeller and Vinaiolo.

Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle:

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

In addition to experiencing the German Christmas markets in Munich, I also recommend touring Neuschwanstein Castle during your time in Bavaria!

On my second day in Germany, I booked a private tour through TripAdvisor to Neuschwanstein Castle. The reason why I booked a tour is because there is no easy way to get to this part of Bavaria unless you rent a car, which I did not. There is also no major train station near the castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle on a winter day in Germany

I had been admiring this enchanting castle online for quite a few years prior to going in 2018, so it was definitely a dream come true for me to see it in person for the first time!

I met my tour group in the Munich Hauptbahnhof and we took a private bus to the Bavarian town of Hohenschwangau, which was an hour and 45 minutes southwest of Munich, near the Austrian border.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany

On our way to the castle, we passed through adorable towns as well as the gorgeous German mountainside.

Eventually, we spotted a little castle on the mountain from afar and immediately recognized it as Neuschwanstein! It was absolutely beautiful from a distance, so I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like up close.

Neuschwanstein Castle on top of a mountain in Bavaria, Germany

When we first got to the town, we grabbed a quick lunch since the tour was going to take us a few hours.

If you are visiting Neuschwanstein Castle on your own, I definitely recommend checking out one of the adorable restaurants located in Hohenschwangau.

Since my group was in a hurry, there was a great sausage stand right outside of Hotel Alpenstuben. I got a bratwurst sandwich with some pomme frites (fries) and it was yummy!

A building with Bavarian architecture in Hohenschwangau

After lunch, our tour started. The best part about the tour was our guide who was super enthusiastic and made an entertaining story out of the day.

Prior to visiting the castle, I had the slightest clue on the history behind Neuschwanstein Castle. (I saved it for the actual tour.)

A cool fact about this castle is that it was the inspiration behind the Walt Disney World Castle. I could totally see why!

Alpsee Lake in Bavaria, Germany

Our first stop was to see the Alpsee Lake, which is a peaceful body of water with faint views of the Austrian Alps from afar.

After that, we went to a viewing point of where you could spot Hohenschwangau Castle. This castle dates back to the 12th century and was home to the knights of Schwangau. In the 19th century, Crown Prince Maximilian acquired the castle and rebuilt it as the castle it is today.

Hohenschwangau Castle in Bavaria, Germany

After his death, his son Ludwig II designed the royal rooms. It is a stunning castle and definitely a cool site to see as well.

After learning the history behind Hohenschwangau Castle, we hiked an hour up the mountain (with a few stops in between) to the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle (there are also buses that will take you to Neuschwanstein Castle in case you cannot or do not want to do the hike).

When we finally reached the castle, I was awestruck by how beautiful it was. I even went inside, but unfortunately wasn’t allowed to take any photographs. There is an expanse history behind Neuschwanstein Castle and it all has to do with King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Neuschwanstein Castle during winter

In 1866 Bavaria allied with Austria having lost a war against the expanding Prussia. Bavaria was forced to accept a “defensive and offensive alliance”, which removed the king’s right to dispose over his army in case of any future war.

From then on, Ludwig II was no longer a sovereign ruler. It ended up being the biggest misfortune of his life. In 1867, he began planning his own kingdom in the form of castles and palaces.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

Since Ludwig loved hiking and spending time in nature, he built his castle so that it would be perfectly situated in the mountains. A cool fact about Neuschwanstein Castle is that Ludwig made it to be one of the most modern castles in the world. (There is running water and central heating!)

Ludwig lived comfortably and in solitude at Neuschwanstein Castle. On the contrary, the “poetic solitude” that he chose for himself was not compatible with his duties as a head of state.

In 1886, the government declared Ludwig mentally insane, arrested him in the castle and then sent him to Berg Palace to be treated. The next day, he died mysteriously in a nearby lake with the psychiatrist who certified him as insane. It is unknown if a murder suicide happened.

The Alps in Bavaria, Germany

I honestly was not expecting the history behind Neuschwanstein Castle to be that intense, but it definitely made the experience more interesting.

After we left the castle, we walked over to Queen Mary’s Bridge where we enjoyed the best views of the castle. When we were finished taking photos, we found a shortcut down to the bottom of the mountain.

A woman walking over Queen Mary's Bridge near Neuschwanstein Castle

Overall, I had an amazing day at Neuschwanstein Castle even though it rained and snowed on us.

I highly recommend signing up for a private day tour if you are traveling to Munich or around Bavaria. It is 10 hours long and our awesome tour guide rewarded us with fresh Bavarian beer during the ride home. It was perfect!

A German beer on a bus trip

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A lit up Christmas tree at the German Christmas markets in Munich

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time experiencing the magical German Christmas markets in Munich as well as my day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle.

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The German Christmas markets in Munich and a day trip Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

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10 Comments

  1. Germany Visa UK on December 26, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Nice, Christmas Celebration in Bavaria, Germany sounds amazing! This year i booked my Germany visa uk for Berlin’s Christmas Garden. But next year i’ll definitely book my visa for Germany to explore this amazing Christmas Market. Thanks

    • Taylor Deer on December 26, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      That sounds amazing! How exciting!!! I’m also planning on doing another Christmas market trip next year where I’ll check out Northern Germany.

  2. Research service on October 6, 2019 at 3:58 am

    The holiday atmosphere makes visiting these places even more enjoyable. Every corner and every institution gives amazing emotions from being here

    • Taylor Deer on October 6, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Oh yes, Europe is magical during the holiday season. Thank you!

  3. Beth Lucy on October 10, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Munich looks so beautiful. It sounds like you had an amazing trip there! I love historical places to visit and the visit to the neuschwanstein castle looks so interesting!

    • Taylor Deer on October 10, 2019 at 9:29 am

      It really was Beth! I loved it. I definitely would love to go back for Oktoberfest one year. 🙂

  4. Maria Stadler on October 10, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    I love Munich, it’s a lovely city. The Christmas markets are one of the few things that I actually love about our cold winters haha

    • Taylor Deer on October 10, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      Yes, it’s absolutely dreamy!

  5. Merrie Rodriguez on October 10, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Oh yay!!! Thank you for posting this!! We are planning a trip very similar in late November (when the markets open) and I’m SO excited!!!

    • Taylor Deer on October 10, 2019 at 11:46 pm

      Of course! That is so excited Merrie! You’re going to have an amazing time. It’s so magical! 🙂

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Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany

Experiencing a true German Christmas market in Munich, Bavaria for the first time was a dream come true for me back in December 2018.

When my dad was in college, he traveled to Central Europe and I always remember how he described Germany to me. Between fairytale towns, enchanting castles, beautiful nature as well as great food and beer, there is so much to love within Bavaria, Germany!

The streets of Munich, Germany

During summer 2018, I also had the opportunity to visit Alsace, France where I got lost in the small provincial towns near the German border.

Because there was a lot of German influence in Alsace that I fell in love with, I knew I had to make it over the border at some point.

A Bavarian town in Germany

After seeing gorgeous photos of Southern Germany and the beautiful Alps, I immediately arranged plans to get to Bavaria for the holiday season.

My German Christmas market trip to Munich was my first time in the country and it was the very first Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market in German) I ever experienced.

Not only do I adore the fairytale feeling of being in Europe, I also LOVE Christmastime, so you could imagine how excited I was to embark on a Christmas market tour.

A woman drinking gluhwein at the German Christmas markets in Munich

My 2018 European Christmas adventures started in Munich, Germany. From there, I explored Neuschwanstein Castle in rural Bavaria. After spending a few days in Germany, I took a train to Salzburg and Hallstatt in the Austrian Alps.

I then took a five hour train ride to Budapest, Hungary. From the magical city of Budapest, I spent a day in Bratislava, Slovakia and ended in Vienna, Austria.

In this blog post, discover the best and most authentic German Christmas markets in Munich.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. Hotel Laimer Hof also hosted me for one night.


Pin the Below Image to Keep Handy

The German Christmas Markets in Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Where to Stay in Munich:

Not only did the beautiful city of Munich, the magical Christmas markets and the enchanting Neuschwanstein Castle make me feel like I was living a real life fairytale, so did the hotel I stayed in!

Hotel Laimer Hof in Munich, Germany

Even though I explored the German Christmas markets my first day and did a private tour of Neuschwanstein Castle the second day, I spent both nights in Munich.

During my time in Munich, I stayed at Hotel Laimer Hof, located near Schloss Nymphenburg.

Not only is Hotel Laimer Hof one of the best boutique hotels in Munich, according to Culture Trip and other sources, it is absolutely gorgeous and looks like it is straight out of a storybook!

Hotel Laimer Hof is a family-run boutique hotel that is situated in one of the finest areas of the city.

A German breakfast at Hotel Laimer Hof in Munich

When I first arrived in Munich, I was greeted with an amazing German breakfast and some cozy lattes. The staff at Hotel Laimer Hof also provided me with some wonderful adventure ideas to ensure my stay in the Bavarian region was one to remember!

Traveling around Munich, Bavaria:

The German Christmas markets at Marienplatz in Munich

I will admit that traveling to Munich, Germany around the holidays is pretty pricey. Even though I try my hardest to not book a flight with a layover when I travel to Europe, I had no choice if I wanted to get the best for my buck.

Since I was arriving in Munich and leaving from Vienna, I had to book one-way flights to and from Europe. Thankfully, I was able to get great deals using Skyscanner!

A gluhwein stand at the German Christmas markets in Munich

From Newark Airport to Munich International Airport with a short layover in Lisbon, I was able to grab a one-way flight for less than $200 without taxes!

On my way home, I got a flight out of Vienna International Airport to Newark with a short layover in Düsseldorf, Germany for less than $300 with taxes included.

So to sum it up, I was pretty content with the prices I paid for my flights to the 2018 Christmas markets in regards to the time of year. (Make sure to also check out Expedia for great deals too!)

A beautiful church in Munich, Bavaria, Germany

During my time in Munich, I traveled around via the MVV Munich tramway. The staff at Hotel Laimer Hof definitely helped me navigate the tram during my first day because I was a little confused in the beginning.

Thankfully, the tram was pretty easy to figure out after my first trip! One major piece of advice to help save money when you travel is by figuring out your prospective city’s public transit system since using taxis, Uber and Lyft could be costly and add up!

Most cities are pretty easy to navigate and there will always be people willing to help you out.

When I was ready to leave Munich to head to my next destination, I took the tramway to the Munich Hauptbahnhof, which is the major train station.

From Munich, you could take day trips to other cities in Bavaria or easily travel to other countries in Europe. I got all of my train tickets in advance at a super affordable price via Omio.

German Christmas Markets in Munich:

Rathaus in Marienplatz in Munich, Germany

Advent season in Europe are the days between late November leading up to Christmas Day.

If you are planning to visit the European Christmas markets, it is highly recommended that you travel between that time period. One thing to note is that Germany’s “holiday” season ends the day after Christmas Day, whereas here in the United States, it ends the day after New Year’s Day.

Unfortunately, if you are waiting for Christmas break of the school year to travel to the German Christmas markets in Munich and beyond, you will be out of luck.

A wooden stall with trinkets at the German Christmas markets in Munich

Also known as München in German, Munich’s Christmas market in Marienplatz is one of the oldest in the world and definitely one of the most beautiful!

In Munich, you will find classic wooden stands that hold eye-catching ornaments, handmade trinkets, Christmas village houses, jewelry and so much more!

A Santa Claus gingerbread cookie from the German Christmas markets in Munich

Not only could you find the perfect Christmas decor for your home, you could also savor unlimited glühwein, which is a hot spiced wine, as well as other German food staples such as sausage, pretzels, gingerbread cookies, strudel, chocolates and so much more!

Munich’s Marienplatz German Christmas Market:

A woman drinking gluhwein at the German Christmas markets in Munich

Munich’s main Christkindlmarkt can be found in the main square of the city called Marienplatz.

Since this market is located in the heart of the city, it is definitely the most crowded compared to others. I honestly had no idea that Munich’s German Christmas market would be that crowded, but I also had to consider the fact that I visited it on a Saturday as well.

Because I was solo during my time in Munich, I had a difficult time trying to get some photos of myself and it was too crowded to set up my tripod, so I asked some friendly and reliable locals who also had professional cameras to take some shots and they did a great job!

(Don’t ever be afraid to ask people for help with something. Just ensure to use your best judgement on who you ask.)

One of my favorite parts of this market was the spectacular view of Neues Rathaus. This timeless town hall hosts the city government, including the council, offices of the mayors and even administration. It definitely makes for the perfect backdrop to this market and the gorgeous Christmas tree is an epic addition.

Residenz Christmas Village (Weihnachtsdorf im Kaiserhof der Residenz):

The German Christmas markets at Residenz in Munich

As the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria, the Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany and offers unique architecture to admire.

Located in one of the courtyards of Residenz is a Christmas village with a wonderful selection of different vendors.

What I really loved about this mini German Christmas market in Munich is that there was a live choir performing to add to all the magic.

Residenz palace in Munich, Germany

What is cool is that you could also walk through Residenz palace! Since I was limited on time, I unfortunately didn’t have the opportunity to do this, but I highly recommend you do so if you are spending a few days in Munich.

Rindermarkt:

Stars hanging from the trees in the evening in Munich, Germany

Situated right off of Munich’s Marienplatz is a lovely walkway with some beautiful German Christmas markets along with festive decorations. This area is called Rindermarkt and some of my favorite decorations here were the stars hanging from the trees along with all of the stringed lights!

German Christmas Markets in Old Town Munich:

A German Christmas stall with gingerbread cookies at the Munich markets

Throughout the Old Town of Munich, there are so many wooden stands where you could grab some German Christmas goodies.

There are also plenty of places where you could gather around with friends and enjoy glühwein and authentic German beer.

In addition, you cannot miss out on visiting one of Munich’s biergartens! One of the best places to experience Munich’s beer scene is at Hofbräuhaus, which is the largest biergarten in the world. In fact, it is at Hofbräuhaus where the famous Oktoberfest event takes place in late September into early October every year. (Click here for my blog post on how to have the best time at Oktoberfest.)

During the Advent season, all of the biergartens are festively decorated!

Munich, Germany in the evening

In addition to having fun, the Bavarian architecture in Munich is definitely something to admire!

Theatine Church in Munich, Germany

Even though there are many parts of the city that are modern due to the aftermath of World War II, there are still so many wonderful Baroque Catholic churches and historical buildings to see. I loved the Theatine Church in the city the most!

Where to Eat in Munich, Germany:

A bratwurst sandwich from the German Christmas markets in Munich

Typical German food mainly consist of sausage, schnitzel, spätzle, dumplings, roasted meats and vegetables.

In regards to drinks, beer is the number one choice in Bavaria. Germans also appreciate a good glass of wine as well!

A spatzle dinner at an authentic German restaurant in Munich, Germany

During my time in Munich, I savored authentic German food at Hotel Laimer Hof. They also recommended an authentic local restaurant in walking distance to the hotel called Wirtshaus Kurgarten. At this authentic German restaurant, I enjoyed a delicious spätzle dish with fried onions and a light gravy. It was absolutely delicious!

A woman drinking gluhwein at the German Christmas markets in Munich

In addition, some other great food recommendations in Munich are Steinheil 16, Pepe Nero, L’Osteria, Dallmayr Delicatessen, Ratskeller and Vinaiolo.

Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle:

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

In addition to experiencing the German Christmas markets in Munich, I also recommend touring Neuschwanstein Castle during your time in Bavaria!

On my second day in Germany, I booked a private tour through TripAdvisor to Neuschwanstein Castle. The reason why I booked a tour is because there is no easy way to get to this part of Bavaria unless you rent a car, which I did not. There is also no major train station near the castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle on a winter day in Germany

I had been admiring this enchanting castle online for quite a few years prior to going in 2018, so it was definitely a dream come true for me to see it in person for the first time!

I met my tour group in the Munich Hauptbahnhof and we took a private bus to the Bavarian town of Hohenschwangau, which was an hour and 45 minutes southwest of Munich, near the Austrian border.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany

On our way to the castle, we passed through adorable towns as well as the gorgeous German mountainside.

Eventually, we spotted a little castle on the mountain from afar and immediately recognized it as Neuschwanstein! It was absolutely beautiful from a distance, so I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like up close.

Neuschwanstein Castle on top of a mountain in Bavaria, Germany

When we first got to the town, we grabbed a quick lunch since the tour was going to take us a few hours.

If you are visiting Neuschwanstein Castle on your own, I definitely recommend checking out one of the adorable restaurants located in Hohenschwangau.

Since my group was in a hurry, there was a great sausage stand right outside of Hotel Alpenstuben. I got a bratwurst sandwich with some pomme frites (fries) and it was yummy!

A building with Bavarian architecture in Hohenschwangau

After lunch, our tour started. The best part about the tour was our guide who was super enthusiastic and made an entertaining story out of the day.

Prior to visiting the castle, I had the slightest clue on the history behind Neuschwanstein Castle. (I saved it for the actual tour.)

A cool fact about this castle is that it was the inspiration behind the Walt Disney World Castle. I could totally see why!

Alpsee Lake in Bavaria, Germany

Our first stop was to see the Alpsee Lake, which is a peaceful body of water with faint views of the Austrian Alps from afar.

After that, we went to a viewing point of where you could spot Hohenschwangau Castle. This castle dates back to the 12th century and was home to the knights of Schwangau. In the 19th century, Crown Prince Maximilian acquired the castle and rebuilt it as the castle it is today.

Hohenschwangau Castle in Bavaria, Germany

After his death, his son Ludwig II designed the royal rooms. It is a stunning castle and definitely a cool site to see as well.

After learning the history behind Hohenschwangau Castle, we hiked an hour up the mountain (with a few stops in between) to the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle (there are also buses that will take you to Neuschwanstein Castle in case you cannot or do not want to do the hike).

When we finally reached the castle, I was awestruck by how beautiful it was. I even went inside, but unfortunately wasn’t allowed to take any photographs. There is an expanse history behind Neuschwanstein Castle and it all has to do with King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Neuschwanstein Castle during winter

In 1866 Bavaria allied with Austria having lost a war against the expanding Prussia. Bavaria was forced to accept a “defensive and offensive alliance”, which removed the king’s right to dispose over his army in case of any future war.

From then on, Ludwig II was no longer a sovereign ruler. It ended up being the biggest misfortune of his life. In 1867, he began planning his own kingdom in the form of castles and palaces.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

Since Ludwig loved hiking and spending time in nature, he built his castle so that it would be perfectly situated in the mountains. A cool fact about Neuschwanstein Castle is that Ludwig made it to be one of the most modern castles in the world. (There is running water and central heating!)

Ludwig lived comfortably and in solitude at Neuschwanstein Castle. On the contrary, the “poetic solitude” that he chose for himself was not compatible with his duties as a head of state.

In 1886, the government declared Ludwig mentally insane, arrested him in the castle and then sent him to Berg Palace to be treated. The next day, he died mysteriously in a nearby lake with the psychiatrist who certified him as insane. It is unknown if a murder suicide happened.

The Alps in Bavaria, Germany

I honestly was not expecting the history behind Neuschwanstein Castle to be that intense, but it definitely made the experience more interesting.

After we left the castle, we walked over to Queen Mary’s Bridge where we enjoyed the best views of the castle. When we were finished taking photos, we found a shortcut down to the bottom of the mountain.

A woman walking over Queen Mary's Bridge near Neuschwanstein Castle

Overall, I had an amazing day at Neuschwanstein Castle even though it rained and snowed on us.

I highly recommend signing up for a private day tour if you are traveling to Munich or around Bavaria. It is 10 hours long and our awesome tour guide rewarded us with fresh Bavarian beer during the ride home. It was perfect!

A German beer on a bus trip

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A lit up Christmas tree at the German Christmas markets in Munich

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time experiencing the magical German Christmas markets in Munich as well as my day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle.

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The German Christmas markets in Munich and a day trip Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

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10 Comments

  1. Germany Visa UK on December 26, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Nice, Christmas Celebration in Bavaria, Germany sounds amazing! This year i booked my Germany visa uk for Berlin’s Christmas Garden. But next year i’ll definitely book my visa for Germany to explore this amazing Christmas Market. Thanks

    • Taylor Deer on December 26, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      That sounds amazing! How exciting!!! I’m also planning on doing another Christmas market trip next year where I’ll check out Northern Germany.

  2. Research service on October 6, 2019 at 3:58 am

    The holiday atmosphere makes visiting these places even more enjoyable. Every corner and every institution gives amazing emotions from being here

    • Taylor Deer on October 6, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Oh yes, Europe is magical during the holiday season. Thank you!

  3. Beth Lucy on October 10, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Munich looks so beautiful. It sounds like you had an amazing trip there! I love historical places to visit and the visit to the neuschwanstein castle looks so interesting!

    • Taylor Deer on October 10, 2019 at 9:29 am

      It really was Beth! I loved it. I definitely would love to go back for Oktoberfest one year. 🙂

  4. Maria Stadler on October 10, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    I love Munich, it’s a lovely city. The Christmas markets are one of the few things that I actually love about our cold winters haha

    • Taylor Deer on October 10, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      Yes, it’s absolutely dreamy!

  5. Merrie Rodriguez on October 10, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Oh yay!!! Thank you for posting this!! We are planning a trip very similar in late November (when the markets open) and I’m SO excited!!!

    • Taylor Deer on October 10, 2019 at 11:46 pm

      Of course! That is so excited Merrie! You’re going to have an amazing time. It’s so magical! 🙂

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